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CPR Dialogues is an international conference on public policy to be hosted by the Centre for Policy Research on 2 and 3 March in New Delhi. ThePrint.in is the digital partner for the conference.

Manual Scavenging

Why manual scavengers in India haven’t got their rights despite laws, judiciary intervention

The absence of a statutory obligation to provide sanitation services by state agencies creates a situation where the rights of manual scavengers hang in the air.
A highway in Tamil Nadu

Modi’s $5-trillion goal blocked not by lack of infrastructure but delayed regulatory reform

It is targets such as long-standing electricity dues and low capacity of our thermal power plants that the Modi government needs to aim at.
Women working in an office

We invest in tech, then expect people to catch up. And women get left out of Digital India

One in 2 Indians in working population is a woman. But less than 1 in 4 own a smartphone. This gap must be closed if India has to leverage tech in economy.
Farmers in Karnataka

Indian policymakers get it wrong because farmers’ lack of market access is not the problem

Farmers are the only producers who don't get to declare the price of their produce in market. And this is highly unfavourable.
US president Donald Trump with Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani | YouTube

Success of US-led Afghanistan talks looks doubtful. Afghans want peace, but with dignity

As US-led peace process moves into intra-Afghan talks, India can use its political capital to talk to all parties including Taliban to bridge differences.
Narendra Modi at a BJP rally in Karkardooma, New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

A chaiwala is PM, but it’s the cartel of power elites that calls the shots in India

Powerful political families mediate between the state and the society, shape policies, and bend the administrative machinery in line with their interests.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.